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Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words

May 24, 2016
Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words WASHINGTON, USA -- This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, from May 22 to 27, awaits Caribbean contestants from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands with longer rounds and harder words. And you should see the words they have this year!

Relationships: To love me, you have to speak my love language, not yours...

May 24, 2016
Relationships: To love me, you have to speak my love language, not yours... Humans are really simple creatures, we all have needs (food, shelter, etc.) and wants (money, success, etc.) but most importantly we need to be connected; to be in relationships with others. I talk about this a lot with anyone who comes in to discuss relationship communication.

CDB called on to adopt de-risking as central issue

May 20, 2016
CDB called on to adopt de-risking as central issue MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) general manager, Earl Jarrett, has told the board of governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) that the time has come for the regional financial institution to play a leading role in crafting...

Caribbean Memory Project crowdsources family histories to preserve region's cultural heritage

May 19, 2016
Caribbean Memory Project crowdsources family histories to preserve region's cultural heritage PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- So you missed out on all those talks with your grandparents about what the good old days were like -- or perhaps you're curious about your family's past and how you ended up in the Caribbean. Either way, it's now possible to live vicariously through...

Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 18, 2016
Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed each year on May 17, aims to draw attention to the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience globally. Never before have the concerns of LGBTI communities...

Compliance Matters: Do you know how to survive an IRS audit?

May 14, 2016
Compliance Matters: Do you know how to survive an IRS audit? First and foremost: An IRS audit is not an accusation of wrongdoing. It is what is known as an impartial review to assess return filing accuracy. IRS selects returns to audit to determine if income, expenses, and/or credits are being reported accurately. The best and only way to survive...

Caribbean indigenous peoples call for 'a seat at the table'

May 13, 2016
Caribbean indigenous peoples call for 'a seat at the table' BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean’s indigenous people have urged that they be given a seat at the political table so as to safeguard their rights to their ancestral lands and resources, as they wrapped up an historic University of the West Indies conference of indigenous peoples.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: What I wish I had known before I had kids that I know now

May 12, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: What I wish I had known before I had kids that I know now Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: What I Wish I Had Known before I Had Kids that I Know Now.

UK expatriates can register for the upcoming EU referendum

May 10, 2016
UK expatriates can register for the upcoming EU referendum LONDON, England -- Many UK expatriates are still not #ReferendumReady. A survey of UK citizens living overseas carried out by the UK Electoral Commission has found that half of respondents don’t know that they can now register online to vote in the UK. To make sure that British expatriates...

Panama Papers prompts US crackdown on tax evasion

May 7, 2016
Panama Papers prompts US crackdown on tax evasion WASHINGTON, USA -- In a series of initiatives announced by the White House on Thursday night, President Barack Obama will take executive action to close loopholes used by foreigners in the US and call on Congress to pass legislation to strengthen financial transparency, and combat money laundering.

Cost of fishing in the Caribbean to be assessed under CRFM and FAO study

May 7, 2016
Cost of fishing in the Caribbean to be assessed under CRFM and FAO study BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is convening a meeting of fisheries experts to chart the course for a new study to look at the impacts of rising cost factors of fishing operations, such as labor, fuel, fishing gear, repair and maintenance, and capital.

Clinton shirks Caribbean issues

May 6, 2016
Clinton shirks Caribbean issues DETROIT, USA -- The likely Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit, in which she expressed a concern that she was going to “shirk” what needs to be done. In the event, Clinton went on to do just that.

MOU signed to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean

May 6, 2016
MOU signed to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean WASHINGTON USA -- President Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), President Warren Smith of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Secretary Ernest Moniz of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and Secretary General Irwin LaRocque...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Mother's Day - be grateful for your children

May 6, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Mother's Day - be grateful for your children Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Mother’s Day-Be Grateful for Your Children. The hope is that this submission...

Compliance Matters: Ten steps to select your tax preparer judiciously

May 3, 2016
Compliance Matters: Ten steps to select your tax preparer judiciously The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommends that taxpayers choose their tax preparer wisely. The main reason behind this recommendation is that the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for all the information in the income tax return, no matter who has actually prepared the tax return.

UN Secretary-General's message on World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
UN Secretary-General's message on World Press Freedom Day Human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development depend on the free flow of information. And the right to information depends on press freedom. Each year, we observe World Press Freedom Day to emphasize these fundamental principles, to protect the independence of...

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

International coalition urges UN to appoint 'journalists' protector'

April 30, 2016
International coalition urges UN to appoint 'journalists' protector' PARIS, France -- Media outlets, journalists, NGOs and prominent figures on every continent have joined in calling for the appointment of a “journalists’ protector” with the position of special representative to the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalists, in accordance with a...

Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art

April 27, 2016
Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Yanvalou Designs has announced its 2016 collection of reversible swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories showcasing original Haitian art licensed from Haitian master, Frantz Zephirin, and emerging artists, Pizaro and Ras Kimy.  Zephirin is one of Haiti's most...

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bill to enhance US-Caribbean ties clears committee stage

April 23, 2016
Bill to enhance US-Caribbean ties clears committee stage WASHINGTON, USA -- US congressman Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday welcomed the unanimous approval by the Committee of his legislation to prioritize the United States-Caribbean relationship. The United States-Caribbean...

NY banks ordered to provide information on Panama dealings

April 22, 2016
NY banks ordered to provide information on Panama dealings NEW YORK, USA -- Some 13 foreign banks operating in New York, including Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Commerzbank and ABN Amro, have been ordered by the New York Department of Financial Services to turn over details of their dealings with Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival highlights laws that protect birds

April 22, 2016
Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival highlights laws that protect birds WASHINGTON, USA -- “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation” is the theme for this year’s celebration of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. At dozens of events throughout the region, participants of all ages will learn about the different laws and programs that protect unique birds.

New research shows extent of progress on LGBT rights in Commonwealth

April 22, 2016
New research shows extent of progress on LGBT rights in Commonwealth LONDON, England -- Research launched on Wednesday shows the extent of progress being made by countries across the Commonwealth in upholding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) citizens. The research shows that many governments are reforming laws...

US lawmakers push for closer Caribbean ties

April 21, 2016
US lawmakers push for closer Caribbean ties WASHINGTON, USA -- The ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel, together with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a former chair of the committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation in the United States Congress to prioritize the US-Caribbean relationship.

2016 World Press Freedom Index: Leaders paranoid about journalists

April 21, 2016
2016 World Press Freedom Index: Leaders paranoid about journalists PARIS, France -- Most of the movement in the World Press Freedom Index unveiled on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is indicative of a climate of fear and tension combined with increasing control over newsrooms by governments and private-sector interests.

$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust

April 20, 2016
$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dependable conducted three separate international and inter-agency counter narcotics operations that resulted in the seizure of approximately 325 kilograms of cocaine, 600 pounds of marijuana and apprehension of 15 suspected...

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